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You're right. The Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United was disastrous for the average American. But as bad as the ruling was, political campaigns keep finding new ways to take Citizens United to a higher level. Take Hillay's 2016 campaign, for example.


Super PACs are only allowed to accept unlimited contributions on the condition that the money is spent "independently" of specific campaigns. But, in a July 2015 memo addressed to Clinton herself, her campaign laid out plans for working with the Democratic National Committee and Correct the Record, a Super PAC.
Correct the Record was created by David Brock, a longtime Clinton ally and the founder of Media Matters for America. He ran several PACs supporting Hillary. One section of the memo instructed: “Work with CTR (Correct the Record) and DNC to publicize specific GOP candidate vulnerabilities.”


https://theintercept.com/2016/10/18/hillary-superpac-coordination/


In 2016 Hillary said she accepted $675,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs because, “that’s what they offered.” She went on to explain why this corporate cash wouldn’t have any impact on her decision-making anyway. “Anybody who knows me, who thinks that they can influence me, name anything they’ve influenced me on. Just name one thing,” she said. That's the same arguments people make who support Citizens United.


Then there was Barack Obama who was okay with PACs and Super PACs during the election, but promised he would fix things when he got into office. That never happened. He maintained the Citizens United advantage when he ran for re-election.


"It's cynical even by Washington standards—Obama has said for six years that he's outraged at Citizens United but hasn't bothered to do anything to combat the decision's effects."


https://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/12/08/obamas-legacy-inaction-campaign-finance-reform-exposed

 

Donald Trump gave the impression he was going to fund his own camapaign. Instead, Sheldon Adelson donated $25 million to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, making him the largest donor to the Trump campaign. And as we saw in the video, it paid off. He benefitted with hundreds of millions of dollars in Trump's Tax Cuts.


We can go back before Citizens United.


For twenty four years the Clintons have orchestrated a conjugal relationship with Wall Street, to the immense financial benefit of both parties. They have accepted from the New York banks $68.72 million in campaign contributions for their six political races, and $8.85 million more in speaking fees. The banks have earned hundreds of billions of dollars in practices that were once prohibited—until the Clinton Administration legalized them.


https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/26/the-clintons-and-wall-street-24-years-of-enriching-each-othe...


Between 1996 and 2004, Wall Street donors backed GOP candidates, in keeping with the traditional idea that the security and investment industry prefers Big Business-friendly Republicans.

But a switch took place during the 2006 congressional elections, in which Democrats took control of both houses of Congress. In that year, Wall Street sent a larger portion of its donations to the the Democratic National Committee (DNC) , suggesting the investment community knew it needs to be in good standing with whichever party is making laws. That trend continued with the 2008 presidential election.


George W. Bush had shattered all previous fund-raising standards for presidential candidates. In the first four months of his campaign, he took in $37 million, or $310,748 a day.
According to The Buying of the President 2000: 

 

“Throughout his long business career and in his six years as governor of Texas, Bush has relied on family connections, sweetheart deals, and the inside track to build a fortune. And Bush . . . has always been willing to return the favors.”


The investigative book details Bush’s close ties to the oil industry, and documents how he has taken care of his supporters over the years as governor, by giving them choice political jobs, pushing pro-industry legislation, or literally letting major, multibillion-dollar corporate polluters such as Exxon and Marathon Oil write their own emissions regulations in Texas.
Bush’s top career patron was Enron.


Even his opponent Vice President Al Gore has had a longtime relationship with Occidental Petroleum that has been enormously beneficial to the company.


Occidental’s late chairman, the controversial Armand Hammer, liked to say that he had Gore’s father, Sen. Albert Gore Sr., “in my back pocket.”


https://publicintegrity.org/federal-politics/the-buying-of-the-president-2000/

 

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We must get Big Money out of Politics....Now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Very well illustrated, Gordy!  Thank you.....

 

Need another example?  See Citizens United.....


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